Nearly two months after resigning from his post as an assistant coach with the Colorado Avalanche, Andre Tourigny has signed on to join Ottawa Senators coach Dave Cameron behind the bench.
Tourigny left his gig in Colorado, where he was serving as a defensive coach on Patrick Roy’s staff, back in mid May to seek other opportunities. Some had believed it could mean a return back to the QMJHL for Tourigny, who is a former coach of the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies, but instead he’s found himself a spot back in the big leagues.
With the Huskies, Tourigny had considerable success, making the post-season in all but one of his 11 seasons as coach. Four times under Tourigny the Huskies made the conference final, but only advanced to the league final one time. In 2005-06, after coaching his club to a 43-22-5 record, Tourigny was named the Ron Lapointe Award winner as QMJHL coach of the year. He made the jump to the NHL following the 2012-13 season in Rouyn-Noranda to join Roy’s staff.
By heading to Ottawa, Tourigny reunites with Cameron, with whom he coached at the 2010 and 2011 World Junior Championship.
During his time in Colorado as an assistant, the Avalanche had one of the worst shot attempts for percentages in the league, but weren’t helped out by a weak defensive corps. Behind the Ottawa bench, if Tourigny is again tasked with coaching the defense, he’ll be given the benefit of overseeing the play of Norris Trophy winner Erik Karlsson, as well as up and coming blueliner Cody Ceci.